Paul S. Wolf (aa854@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Tue, 22 Nov 1994 10:01:16 -0500
In regard to the discussion about the knocked down mailbox:
1. Was the guy's name Keesterman? :-)
(For those that don't get or read the comic strip "Crankshaft",
he's a guy who's mailbox is knocked over daily by a school bus.)
2. On a more serious note, my professional mode gets turned on here.
A short bit of sermonizing here from a Traffic Safety Merit Badge
Rural type mailboxes should NOT be installed with concrete bases,
Brick posts, fancy Welded Chains, etc. These are roadside hazards
to errant drivers and vehicles.
The American Assoc. of State Highway and Transp. Officials (AASHTO)
together with the US Postal Service has issued guidelines for
erecting mailboxes on highways. In general, the support should
never be larger than a 4" square , 4 1/2" round wood or 2" diameter
steel post, and should NOT be encased in concrete. The post then
will break off in case of a collision, and not cause serios damage
to the car or injury to the occupants.
In addition, there should never be more than 2 mailboxes mounted
together, on a single post. If more than 2 mailboxes are needed
at a location, they should be mounted in pairs on single posts 3
feet apart. Multiple boxes on a 2x4 atop 2 posts can, if hit,
become a spear thru the windshield of a car, and be deadly.
Remember, the mailbox, although you own it, is actually
installed inside the highway right-of-way, and isn't actually on
your property. The highway department can remove a dangerous
mailbox or force you to do so, if it feels it is a hazard, and you
could be liable for damages or injuries if one is hit.
Yours in Scouting,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Traffic Safety Engineer
Paul S. Wolf, P.E.
Paul S. Wolf aa854@Cleveland.Freenet.Edu
SIGOP, The Freenet Scouting Center President, Great Lakes Region
The Cleveland Freenet Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
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